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Site Preparation

  • If replacing an existing lawn, spray existing grass with glyphosate herbicide (Roundup) 7-10 days before laying new turf.
  • Rotary hoe or spade to a depth of 100 mm approximately
  • To obtain a premium lawn 100mm of good Turf underlay is required underneath your turf
  • Rake soil smooth and level, keeping 30-50mm approximately below paths and driveways
  • Remove clods and rocks
  • Use a Pre-lawn starter containing water holding crystals eg. Sir Launcher
  • Ensure soil is sloped to maintain correct drainage away from buildings

Turf Laying

  • Very lightly water the ground just before laying the turf – (it has been scientifically proven that this helps the roots establish quicker)
  • Lay your turf immediately after delivery – then water. If you have a large area to lay, water as you go.
  • Begin laying along the longest straight line
  • On slopes, lay the turf across the slope
  • Butt edges snugly together and stagger the ends in a brick-like fashion
  • Avoid indentations by not kneeling or repeatedly walking on turf while laying or soon after watering
  • Lightly top dress, especially along the joins in hot weather to help maintain the moisture on the newly laid turf
  • Roll turf to improve turf/soil contact and to provide a professional finish. We have rollers available for hire
  • Avoid excessive traffic or use in the first 4 weeks, to help your lawn establish

Watering

  • Please check with your local council or water authority for any water restrictions
  • New turf should be given a good soaking immediately after laying. TIP Place some plastic containers around the new lawn and make sure you have at least 2 cm of water in each  after watering.
  •  Water daily for the first 2 weeks, then every 2-4 days for a further 2 weeks. Weekly for a further 2 weeks.
  • Never let your lawn dry out in the first 2 weeks after laying
  • Early morning is the best time for watering, avoiding evaporation
  • Do not water in the evening during humid weather as this can promote fungal problems in all grasses
  • Infrequent deep watering is preferable to frequent light watering (except for newly laid turf) as it promotes a deep root structure that can utilize the moisture reserves in the soil.

 

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